This job expired on 5 May 2024

  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    5 May 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    22 April 2024

Job details

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4



Working pattern

Full time: Full time

Contract type


Pay scale

ECT/TMS/UPS - £30,000 to £46,525

What skills and experience we're looking for

Sir James Smith’s School is seeking to appoint an excellent and highly motivated teacher of mathematics to join our well-resourced department. Sir Jim’s is a mixed 11-16 comprehensive, situated on the North Cornish Coast between Bude and Wadebridge, close to stunning beaches and beautiful countryside.

This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic, committed and outstanding teacher who is passionate about maths to join a small but strong team of teachers and work in a school committed to developing staff and students to their full potential. We are looking for a great mathematician and creative teacher; someone to work with, and enjoy the company of, enquiring young mathematicians. The post holder must be able to enthuse, motivate, engage and challenge them to get better. For applicants who are ECTs, there will be a wide range of support from both the maths department and the wider school.

We would like you:

  • to be capable of outstanding teaching;
  • to have high expectations of yourself and our students;
  • to be a team player with an abundance of energy and enthusiasm.

What the school offers its staff

Sir Jim’s is an oversubscribed, inclusive 11—16 secondary, rated a strong Good by OFSTED in October 2022 and we are working hard to provide an outstanding learning experience for all our pupils against a background of challenge presented by austerity, mental health and wider societal pressures and the standards agenda.

We are proud of our schools and the work that the trust is doing but we recognise that we cannot afford to be complacent, so we are looking for staff to build on our many achievements to date.

We can offer you:

  • a talented and dedicated hardworking team of staff who know their students well;
  • enthusiastic, friendly and engaged pupils who are keen to learn;
  • an experienced, involved and strongly supportive Local Governance Committee that sits across all the schools in the trust;
  • a distinctive and inclusive ethos based on co-operative values;
  • a well-cared for school and grounds set in pleasant rural surroundings;
  • an extensive extra-curricular programme;
  • an able senior leadership team;
  • the opportunity to develop further and take on other roles in a developing multi-academy trust;
  • an opportunity to join the school at a crucial time of change and development, to help build on its reputation and move it from Good to Excellent;
  • supportive parents/carers and strong community engagement;
  • an established school with excellent partnerships working locally and beyond.

Commitment to safeguarding

Sir James Smith's School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to all pre-employment checks necessary to meet Safer Recruitment requirements, including a satisfactory enhanced DBS check and references.

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About Sir James Smith's School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
601 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Email address
Phone number
01840 213274

Sir James Smith’s is part of North Cornwall Learning Trust. Apart from being a ‘Good’ school, Sir Jim’s is also a great place to work. Visitors, including Ofsted, comment on the friendly and supportive atmosphere. Staff and students are happy and enjoy their time at school.

We are a smaller than average co-educational comprehensive school, serving a large rural hinterland in North Cornwall. It’s a fantastic place to live if you like the outdoors. Our extensive rural catchment area of 100 square miles includes 8 partner primary schools though we attract students from many others. The dispersed settlement pattern means approximately 70% of students travel daily by bus. North Cornwall is one of the least sparsely populated areas in England and Wales thanks to the glorious Bodmin Moor.

At present we have 38 teachers, and 40 non-teaching staff including 4 technicians, 1 Librarian, 8 admin assistants and 7 classroom assistants. The Local Governance Committee work closely with staff, as do various support agencies. The small size of the school means that we all know the students very well and staff work together effectively. This is a school on a humane scale where personal relationships matter.

We have a "continental day". This means an earlier start - at 8.10 am for staff and 8.25 am for students. Students have one year assembly per week. There are 5 one-hour lessons and 2 breaks of 20 and 30 minutes. The main part of the day ends at 2.30 pm. On Mondays there are meetings; on Wednesdays Tuesdays and Thursdays, extra-curricular activities and late buses; on Fridays many staff go home a little earlier!

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